Linux.com: New Approaches to Linux Package Management
Nov 14, 2005, 09:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Irfan Habib)
"Traditional Linux package management systems such as RPM,
Debian's dpkg, and Slackware's pkgtool present several problems for
users. Users who want optimized packages often have problems
finding them, different package repositories have conflicting
naming conventions, and binary packages are often not available for
packages in a timely fashion. However, for users willing to stray
from the beaten path, there are alternatives. Two projects have
taken up the challenge of making a package management system that
overcomes these shortcomings.
"Linux is available for a number of architectures, which is one
of its advantages. However, most packages are generally compiled
only for i386, or i686--leaving users of alternative architectures
with a dilemma..."